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Empowering Teachers Through Technology

first_imgWhen people think about industries where technology is a make it or break it factor, they often naturally consider fields like space exploration and computer science. Education should be top of mind as technology directly impacts how students learn, and eventually move through the world, in fact 93 percent of teachers are using digital tools to help guide instruction.[i]As technology changes, impacts are felt by those in the education sector. Newer, more powerful digital technology changes how everyone from student to superintendent operate within the school environment. For example, the expectation for digital savviness is so high that in many cases administrators are taking to Twitter to tweet school delays and cancellations, rather than a phone call.A recent Forbes article reporting on digital transformation trends in education noted that educators’ classrooms are beginning to replicate trends in workforce transformation. This means, classrooms are becoming more collaborative-friendly spaces to facilitate students and teachers working together. At the crux of this trend are smart technologies.As Dell zeroes in on the classroom, we’ve kept collaboration in mind, resulting in the 55-inch 4K Conference Room Monitor (C5519Q). This monitor is ideal for small, open learning spaces. It offers outstanding viewing experience optimized for exceptionally sharp text with 4K resolution.  With the wide 178° viewing angle feature, students can easily see content whilst collaborating in groups or in teams around the table. From elementary school to master’s courses, students and teachers can easily present thanks to the array of ports (DisplayPort, VGA and HDMI).When selecting digital tools, teachers have cost, time and tailoring student tasks in mind. The C5519Q monitor makes that easy, waking up and shutting down upon connection, and by preventing any unintended changes to the settings through its Lock Mode feature.It seems that every generation is more tech-savvy than the last. Now it’s more imperative than ever to make sure technology in the class room can keep up.[i] Teachers Know Best: Making Data Work for Teachers and Students, November 2015 *Monitor comes with optional standslast_img read more

The February 2015 Issue Of Blue Ridge Outdoors On Stands Now

first_imgWe know. It’s still January. But we couldn’t wait any longer to get you the February 2015 issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors! That’s why we’re sharing it live online before the first of the month!For our athletic readers out there, this issue’s for you. Whether you’re a cyclist, a runner, a paddler, or a climber, we’re sure you’ll find some helpful tips for upping your game this year. If training insights aren’t what you’re looking for, take away at least a little inspiration from interviews with five up-and-coming athletes who have already accomplished more than we have in their less-than-20 years of adventures.Also this month, we break down the George Washington Forest Plan, the nuts and bolts of six different energy bars, the evolution of guidebooks, and a peak at the debut of Bill Bryson’s novel-turned-movie, A Walk in the Woods.So grab your gear, your running shoes and chalk bags, your helmets and dry tops and that pretty new set of wheels, because after you leaf through this issue, you’re gonna want to go outside and play hard.FeaturesDIRTY SECRETSSix top trail runners share their favorite footpaths, training tips, and most memorable moments.ELEVATE YOUR GAMETake your training to the next level with expert insights from the Southeast’s best coaches and athletes.THE FUTURE OF ADVENTUREThese fab five young adults are pushing the outer limits of boarding and paddling.Swamp to shoreCanoeists paddle the St. Marys River from its headwaters to the sea.DepartmentsEDITOR’S NOTEDare ya to hike the Dirty Dozen in 2015.FLASHPOINTThe GW Forest Plan is not all bad. But that doesn’t make it good.QUICK HITSNew Tennessee trail closed to runners / Laird’s new obstacle race series / Walk in the Woods’ film debutTHE DIRTTwo top teleskiers tell all.THE GOODSSix of the best energy bars to stoke the fire within.THEN + NOWGuidebooks were big in the 90s. Are they still useful today?TRAIL MIXThe best Medicine: Drew Holcombe’s musical remedy.last_img read more

Missing Va kayaker rescued after disappearing in Florida Everglades

first_imgAccording to a post made on Collier County’s Sherriff’s Office Facebook page, one of Miele’s bags washed up on the bank of Lopez River on Sunday, February 2nd, four days past his due backdate. The Park rangers who found the bag founded Miele’s wallet and phone inside and asked the CCSO to help with the search. On January 22 a 67-year-old Virginia man, Mark Miele, set out for a solo kayaking trip through the Florida Everglades. He was due back on January 29 but failed to make it back. People began to search. “Mark is recovering and is stable. We thank the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, the National Park Service and all of the search rangers, and the Fish and Wildlife Commission. We couldn’t have worked with a more wonderful, caring, kind, and straightforward group of people. It’s a miracle he’s alive and in the condition he is in. We would also like to thank the professionals at Physicians Regional Hospital (Collier Boulevard) for their competency and caring ways.” In the video, you see Mark Miele floating in the open water hardly able to move until rescuers pull him into their boat. Deputies use Miele’s phone to find his most recent coordinates logged on Jan. 31. Their Aviation Unit then began a targeted search of the area. The CCSO posted an update from Miele’s family who asked the media to refrain from contacting them directly. last_img read more

Brazil Opens With Rout In Women’s Football

first_img Anyone who follows the Brazilian womens professionals soccer has heard of Cilene Katia da Silva, 34. She played in four FIFA World Cups and two Olympic Games. A sailor since 2009, on Saturday, July 16th, she introduced herself as an athlete in military style. Brazil beat France by 4-1at the San Gennaro stadium in Rio de Janeiro in the women’s soccer tournament of the 5th Military World Games, Katia scoring two goals. The first came just four minutes into the game, with another one coming at the 33rd minute before the break. Michele Reis and Melissa Sodré, chipped in the other two. The French goal came at 40 minutes of the second half from Cynthia Guéhi. “Katia is a player who is physically and technically good and is unmistakable. It seems that time stands still for her, “said the Brazilian coach, Lt. Daniel Gonçalves. Their challenge will be against Canada. “The game was very centralized with me and Maycon. We know that we will have a harder time in the game against Canada and collectively we have to play better, but the players believe in our potential,” said the striker. Rear Admiral Marine Fernando Motta is thrilled with the results of the Brazilian women. He recalls that this was the second Brazilian victory in the 5th World Games. On Friday Brazil defeated Algeria by 1-0 in men’s soccer. “We started on the right foot. Yesterday (Friday), the men did their job against Algeria and the women did their part today beating France,” he said. With Saturday’s victory, Brazil leads group A women’s with three points, followed by France and Canada. In group B, Netherlands defeated Germany 3-2. By Dialogo July 17, 2011last_img read more

Petrocaribe Decline Worsens

first_imgBy Gustavo Arias Retana / Diálogo April 10, 2020 Petrocaribe, the crude oil and gasoline trade alliance project between Venezuela and Caribbean nations, which the Venezuelan regime promoted for years, is in decline, and its failure is evident.“The program is crashing rapidly due to the crisis in Venezuela and, more specifically, to the decline in production by Petróleos de Venezuela [PDVSA],” Mariano de Alba, a lawyer specializing in law and international relations, who is now in the United States told Diálogo. “Although they still make some shipments, the truth is that they have decreased to practically nothing. What still remain are million-dollar debts that the Caribbean countries owe Venezuela, but their current status is unknown.”The long-standing crisis that PDVSA’s corrupt oil management has caused, doomed the partnership to failure, leaving most of Venezuela’s 17 Caribbean partners in an uncertain position.On December 27, 2019, refineries of state-run oil company PDVSA lowered their production due to the oil industry collapse. Only two of the seven refineries in the country remain operational, working at 10 percent of their capacity. (Photo: Humberto Matheus / Nur Photo / AFP)“It’s a failed project that subsists because its beneficiaries need to get cheap oil, or practically for free because of their inability to pay, which continues to bleed out Venezuela’s coffers, leaving less resources for the elite in power,” Carlos Murillo, a specialist in international relations at the University of Costa Rica, told Diálogo. “It’s in decline because it cannot close down, but it cannot go on much longer either; there is no way to keep a terminally ill patient on life support forever.”For his part, José Ricardo Thomas, a political scientist at the Central University of Venezuela, believes that the project still stands because it is fundamental for the structures of corruption of the Maduro regime.“Petrocaribe was used to create a source of funding for all the leftist parties that were connected to the Hugo Chávez regime. Now it’s nearly gone, but the businesses set up with PDVSA money are still there; those businesses are still operating and have possibly shifted to narcotrafficking,” Thomas told Diálogo. “Petrocaribe has oil problems, but it continues to own all the companies that were created. The structures that support Chavismo and corruption continue to be rampant,” he added.Geopolitical blowThe situation also highlights the serious problems affecting the Maduro regime and the countries that partnered with him in the last decade. “Geopolitically speaking, Petrocaribe’s decline causes Venezuela to lose political leverage in most Caribbean nations that supported Maduro. Some of them no longer depend on Venezuela, so they are taking positions that are very critical of what is happening in the country,” he said. “Nowadays, Venezuela is a power in decline. What keeps it as a player? Only the urgency of its partners to take full advantage of the situation and survive on Venezuelan welfare,” Murillo added.This situation puts the countries that trusted Chavismo in a desperate situation, De Alba and Murillo agreed.“The countries that depend on Venezuela don’t seem to have many options. Some have had to begin buying oil at market prices, while others are receiving help from other nations and international organizations,” De Alba said. “So far, it seems that all they can do is to continue exploiting Venezuelan oil, but this won’t last much longer,” Murillo concluded.last_img read more

Health and financial well-being: Key elements of successful credit union and health care partnerships – Part 2

first_imgIn our first post on this topic, we made the assertion that health and financial well-being are intrinsically linked – especially for millions of low- and moderate-income Americans struggling under the burden of rising out-of-pocket health care costs.As a social determinant of health, financial well-being needs to be prioritized alongside quality and affordable health care, education, employment, housing, and nutritious food. In fact, many of these conditions affecting health are also social determinants of financial well-being.In order to improve health and financial outcomes for consumers, the need for collaboration among non-traditional partners in the community – such as credit unions and health systems – has never been greater.Think about a child who frequently visits an emergency room due to asthma exacerbated by unhealthy housing conditions (mold; poor air quality) and financial insecurity in the home (the parent misses work or cannot afford to address environmental triggers in the home, such as fixing a water leak, replacing an old rug, vacuum cleaner, or dehumidifier). continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Monday, March 4

first_imgProtect women from ravages of warI’m writing in response to the editorial by The San Diego Union-Tribune, “Military draft should include women,” which appeared in the Feb. 27 Gazette.Because some women have chosen the military and are able to fight does not mean that all women should be eligible for the draft, required to register, and, if necessary, be forced to choose between entering the military or going to jail.That may be tantamount to increasing rape.We should generally try to protect women and children from war; children for obvious reasons and women because they can become pregnant.Bruce CampbellBroadalbinMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18 I guess I’m a blind Trump supporter. According to Mr. Wouk’s Feb. 8 letter, President Trump makes up facts and his supporters just blindly go along.Here are some hard facts for Mr. Wouk. Obama told us 1.5 percent growth of the GDP is the new norm. President Trump has given us 3-plus-percent growth. President Trump lowered our taxes; Obama raised them. Obama gave billions of dollars to the world’s largest exporter of terrorism. President Trump is squeezing North Korea to straighten out.Obama was ashamed of the United States. President Trump loves this country.Obama was the president of: immigrants living here illegally, homosexuals, unions and a variety of other voting blocs. President Trump is every man’s president. His economic policies are benefiting whites, blacks and Hispanics.There is a lot to be proud of this president for. Good reasons to be a Trump supporter Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWhy do blacks vote for the Democrats?I’m now 76 years old. When I was a youngster, during the late 40’s and all of the 50’s and 60’s, the Southern states were considered solidly Democratic. They were also racially intolerant. African-Americans had to use separate restrooms, water fountains, and diners, among other forms of discrimination. No black athletes were allowed to play on any team because they weren’t allowed to enroll in any white high school or college in the South.Fortunately, the civil rights movement led brilliantly by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began to change racial perceptions, which led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Signed by Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson, it was a bill that would not have passed had it not been for the overwhelming support of the Republicans in Congress. Some Democrats even threatened to leave the party if the bill passed. What I don’t understand is why so many black Americans support the Democratic Party.Richard W. ColyerSchoharie I will take President Trump over the last failure any day.Dave EdwardsHalfmoonlast_img read more

Spain region orders lockdown as global infections gather pace

first_imgHundreds of thousands of Catalonia residents were ordered back into lockdown on Sunday as coronavirus cases spiked in the Spanish region and new figures showed infections accelerating in many other parts of the world.Since the start of July, nearly 2.5 million new infections have been reported, a record level since the first outbreak of the disease in China last year, according to an AFP tally.In just a month-and-a-half the number of cases worldwide has doubled, according to the count based on official figures. The government of Catalonia region told residents in and around the northeastern town of Lerida to go back into home confinement.”The people must stay at home,” regional health official Alba Verges said.The area, with a population of more than 200,000, had already been ordered isolated from the rest of the region last weekend.It marks the first time that Spaniards have been kept in their homes since the hard-hit country exited confinement on June 21. ‘Never been against masks’ US President Donald Trump, meanwhile, wore a face mask in public for the first time, apparently dropping his resistance to the protective item.He opted for a dark mask bearing the presidential seal during a visit Saturday to wounded veterans in a hospital outside Washington .”I’ve never been against masks but I do believe they have a time and a place,” he told reporters.Surveys show most Americans are unhappy with how Trump, who is trailing Democrat Joe Biden in opinion polls ahead of the November election, has handled the public health crisis.The US posted yet another daily record of confirmed cases Saturday with more than 66,500 new infections, while the death toll rose by almost 800 to nearly 135,000. ‘Everything’s dead’ Despite Sunday’s lockdown move in Spain, life in parts of Europe has been returning to some semblance of normality, although the continent remains the worst affected with more than 202,000 deaths from 2.8 million cases.Elections were held in Spain and Poland Sunday after being postponed because of the virus, with strict hygiene measures in place.But the tourism industry across Europe has been battered, with many businesses forced to shut because of the impact of punishing lockdowns.”Everything’s dead,” said Jesus Maldonado, owner of the Santos Bar just across from the Mesquite, the mosque-cathedral in the Spanish city of Cordoba.In neighboring France, where reopened bars and restaurants are bustling in the summer heat, officials have warned of rising cases as the death toll topped 30,000. Mickey masks In hard-hit Florida the Walt Disney World theme park partially reopened after four months of shutdown, with some visitors combining Mickey ears with their mandatory face masks.Across the planet, the pandemic has infected nearly 13 million people, killed over 565,000 and triggered massive economic damage in the seven months since it was detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan.The latest-high profile personality to test positive for COVID-19 is Bollywood superstar and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai.India, a country of 1.3 billion people, is the third-worst infected in the world after the United States and Brazil where President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive last week. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Friday called on countries to adopt an aggressive approach to tackling the virus, citing successful efforts in Italy, South Korea and elsewhere. ‘Truly tragic’ The French government said it plans to introduce systematic testing at airports for visitors from so-called category “red” countries where COVID-19 is still prevalent.In Paris, demonstrating nightclub workers demanded a re-opening of their venues, arguing that strictly-controlled club visits would be safer than unregulated beach parties.Across the border in Germany, Berlin offered financial help for the city’s famous nightclubs, which have remained shut for four months. In Iran, the supreme leader said the situation was “truly tragic” and urged all citizens to help stem what has been the Middle East’s deadliest outbreak.”Let everyone play their part in the best way to break the chain of transmission in the short term and save the country,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said.  Topics :last_img read more

Mandate roundup: FRR, National LGPS Frameworks, IPE Quest

first_imgIn the event of any underlying fund’s being invested outside France, the manager of an FRR fund will, for example, have to negotiate a clause with the underlying fund to excuse the FRR fund, according to the tender documents.The underlying investee funds could be regional or national funds investing in very small to medium-sized companies seeking capital investment for different development purposes (risk capital, development capital and transfer capital).However, FRR has ruled out participation in turnaround and “hostile” financing operations.Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC) will be the depositary of the FRR funds.The deadline for applications is noon (CET) on 29 July.Elsewhere, Norfolk County Council, which has been overseeing the National LGPS Frameworks, has put out to tender a multi-provider framework agreement for stewardship advisory services.It is seeking bids for five types of services: voting, engagement, voting and engagement, stewardship research and data services, and “stewardship-related project services”.The latter includes advising on “issues such as fossil fuel investment, human capital management, etc.” and providing advice on “preparing stewardship due-diligence tools for specific asset classes, e.g. real estate, forestry, etc.”.The voting and engagement services being sought include supporting clients in relation to meeting stewardship best practice, such as that set out in the UN Principles for Responsible Investment and the UK Stewardship Code.Providers can bid for any or all of the mandates, which the council has valued at between £4m (€5m) and £10m, depending on the take-up of the framework.As a National Framework, it can be used by any of the local government pension schemes (LGPS), the asset pools they are in the process of forming to meet government demands, and other public pension funds such as the Pension Protection Fund (PPF).  The framework agreement is for four years, with “call-offs” up to seven years.In other news, a Benelux institutional investor has tendered a global high-yield bond mandate via IPE Quest.The size of the mandate has not yet been decided.According to search QN-2201, the procurement process is not for an immediate investment need, and the client is undecided whether it will fund the mandate.The mandate is for a core investment style, using “enhanced and active” processes.While the maximum level of tracking error will be 5%, the benchmark has yet to be decided.Interested parties should have at least €2bn in high-yield bonds under management, and €3bn of total assets under management.Investment managers should have a track record of at least five years, although 10 is preferred.They should submit performance, gross of fees, to the end of May 2016 by the close of business on 6 July. The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email jayna.vishram@ipe-quest.com.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to FRR tender documents (in French) France’s €36.3bn national reserve fund, the Fonds de Réserve pour les Retraites (FRR), has taken a further step in the implementation of a new allocation to illiquid assets, having put out to tender up to €400m in mandates for domestic private equity investment.The reserve fund has already launched a €600m private debt tender and recently secured a rule change to allow it to invest more in investment funds, which it will use to meet its targeted allocations to infrastructure and property.Last week, it launched a procurement process for indirect capital investment in unlisted French companies.It is looking to award up to four mandates for investment managers to establish and manage funds for FRR that are to invest exclusively in investment funds whose objective must be to invest at least 80% of their assets in unlisted French companies’ equity capital.last_img read more